A man has been convicted by a jury of sexually abusing his daughters and raping one of them when they were young girls in the 1970s and 80s.
He was found guilty on all counts after just more than an hour's deliberation and a 10-day trial at the Central Criminal Court.
The 78-year-old had pleaded not guilty to unlawful carnal knowledge, buggery and 19 charges of indecent assault against one daughter and 25 counts of indecent assault against another between 1975 and 1981.
Mr Justice George Birmingham thanked the jury of six men and five women for their attention to the case and remanded the accused in custody pending sentencing in March.
The trial heard evidence from both women that their father was a drunken violent man who would hit their mother. He would lure his daughters into his room by asking them to get him a drink and would then molest them.
One of the victims, now 43-years-old, told prosecuting counsel, Mr Paul McDermott SC, that once after abusing her he said: “It's OK, lots of fathers do this with their daughters.”
She said while living with him she knew what he was doing was wrong but was more worried about him killing her mother.
“My father betrayed my trust sexually but at the end of it my mother couldn't get away from him, that's the tragedy,” she told the jury.
She described feeling trapped and terrified and wishing she could “just disappear”. She said she was very skinny as a child and wished she was fat to “protect” herself.
She said the first time he raped her at eight-years-old she got a feeling that it had happened before. She said during the rape she had a “terrible feeling of loneliness” and a “terrible pain”.
The younger daughter also gave evidence that he would make her masturbate him and the incidents would happen a few times a week.
Her father warned her not to tell anyone or she would get in “serious serious trouble”.
She said once during a row about who got to use the bathroom she threatened to tell people what he had done to her and he reacted by grabbing her head and hitting it off the bathroom tap.
On another occasion he punched her in the face when she refused to touch him.
The abuse would mainly happen on weekdays when her mother was in work and would not generally happen on weekends because there was “chaos” and “murder” in the house then.
She said she would sometimes come home from school to find her father drunk on the couch listening to “disturbing classical music” loudly. She said he would beckon her over and abuse her.
She told the jury she did not like being around her father as he was often drunk and violent towards her mother. She would avoid going into the house when he was there and would just drop her schoolbag off and leave when she finished school.